It documents the actions of Second Lieutenants George Welch and Ken Taylor, two young Army Air Corps P-40 pilots that risked their lives for the sake of others.
The video directly above will be summarily panned by several folks here at the Chant as it contains footage from the movie "Pearl Harbor," dramatizing Welch and Taylor's efforts. I happen to like that movie, but I know it's no cinematic gem to the purists.
Fortunately, due to our overwhelming advantage in the air today, at least against the current enemy,combat aviation isn't as dangerous and risky as it has been in the past. That's a good thing, and I take nothing away from the brave men and women who strap on an airplane and strike down upon the enemy with great vengeance and furious anger.
This video is great for touching upon just how different it is for the ground forces. We often just pickle off a bomb on a pre-assigned and pre-set drop point or DMPI, while they have to worry about distinguishing good guys from bad, which direction the shots came from, what building, how much fire they're taking, restrictive ROE that endangers their lives, avoidingcollateral damage, and the fear of facing that enemy head on.
On the first day of OEF, I strolled into the Wardroom on CARL VINSON and made myself an espresso. When NIMITZ arrived in theater for OIF, I lived in a lived in a two-man air-conditioned stateroom and flew in an air-conditioned cockpit at 30 thousand feet. The ground-forces? They were pondering whether they'd live through the day.
Yeah, I might deserve a free coffee, but they deserve it more.